Practical Nursing: Diploma | Technical College of the LowCountry

Practical Nursing: Diploma

Answer the call.

Get the skills you need to become an LPN, and get on the path to a great career in the Lowcountry and beyond.

Program Description

Free Tuition for Fall. Click for details.As of May 18, 2020 math and science courses must be completed within the last 5 years to be considered for Health Science applications.

As of 5/29/19, there have been updates to the Nursing application. Please view the updates under “Curriculum & Applications”

Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Practical Nursing (PN) diploma program prepares students for eligibility for licensure to work as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).

This 42-credit-hour college diploma program includes general education, science and nursing classes taught over a one-year / three-semester timeframe. The full-time program is offered during the day.

South Carolina’s annual mean wage for a Licensed Practical Nurses is $40,390. Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase, according to to 2017 reports from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Certify Your Skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Coursework qualifies students to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) exam.

NCLEX-PN Results, Technical College of the Lowcountry

Year TCL Pass Rate % National Pass Rate %
2014 91 82.16
2015 100 80.57
2016 100 83.73
2017 60 83.91
2018 100 85.93
2019 100 85.63

Accreditation & Accolades

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850/ Atlanta, Georgia 30326 Phone: 404 975-5000/FAX (404)975-5020
South Carolina Department of Labor and Licensing and Regulation Board of Nursing
Synergy Business Park, Suite 202, Kingstree Building 110 / Centerview Drive; P.O. Box 12367 / Columbia, SC 29211-2367 / website


Quick Facts

Quick Fact 1
A career that pays! South Carolina's annual mean wage for a Licensed Practical Nurses is $40,090.
Quick Fact 2
The demand is growing - Employment is projected to grow 12% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
Quick Fact 3
The program can be completed in three semesters (in just one year)!

What People Are Saying

“I didn’t want to go into debt, and TCL is very affordable. Plus, former students spoke very highly of the program.”

Lindsay Richardson Nursing Graduate

FAQs & Additional Information

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Important Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants interested in the nursing program must first complete the college admission application process. You will then make an appointment to meet with a Health Sciences Advisor. Acceptance into the college does not guarantee admission into a Nursing program. Applications for admission to the Nursing program may only be obtained from Health Sciences Advisors. Participation in the program requires a national background check and a drug screen. Nursing classes are offered at Beaufort and New River campuses and may require attendance at either. Call 843.525.8267 for additional information and to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

LPNs may seek advanced placement in the program.

What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 42 credits x $190 per credit = $7,980.

Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.

*Based on Fall 2019 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.

Is this program for you?

Yes, particularly if you:

• are well organized and focused.
• enjoy patient interaction and caring for others.
• have good time management skills.
• looking to get into the nursing field fast.

Program Dean

Glenn Levicki

Division Dean/Health Sciences


Vandy Amason

Nursing Instructor/Health Sciences

Amanda Simmons

Nursing Instructor/Health Sciences

DeAnne Johnson

Nursing Instructor/Health Sciences

Ashley Turbeville

Nursing Instructor/Health Sciences

Michelle Connelly

Nursing Instructor/Health Sciences


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